Meet Maureen Lane: Registrar

Pathway to The Filson I first started working in museums about 15 years ago when I began volunteering at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I also met my future husband Matt there who was also a volunteer. We were set up on a blind date by a staff member and got married in the museum two years later. […]

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What’s New in the Library

Several interesting items have come through the Filson cataloging department lately; some purchased and some donated. Newly purchased rare pamphlets on the life of Henry Clay, 1777-1852, and his candidacy for the United States presidency in 1824 and 1844 will be great additions to our rare political pamphlet collection. David and Penelope Pearson donated three interesting pamphlets concerning Pearson’s Funeral […]

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Look Beyond the Surface: Abstract Art at the Filson

November '88 by G. C. Coxe

In 134 years of collecting, preserving, and telling the significant stories of Ohio Valley history and culture the Filson has never mounted an exhibit quite like Understanding the Indescribable: Paintings by G. Caliman Coxe, on view in the Bingham Gallery through December 15th. The show is not the first at the Filson to include art by an African American, nor is […]

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Meet Heather Potter: Curator of Photographs and Prints

Pathway to The Filson Heather Potter received her BA in History from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and her Master of Library Science with a special­ization in Archives and Records Management from Indiana University at Bloomington. She first started processing photo collections as a Master’s student and worked as a Project Archivist for the Kentucky Folklife Program Archives at the […]

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Vu iz valdo? Revisiting Collections Through a Jewish Lens

What we seek often determines not only what we find but what we overlook in the process. My two-year-old niece and nephew have recently discovered the joy of the Where’s Waldo? books, screaming with delight when they manage to locate that telltale striped hat and scarf amidst globetrotting visual chaos. Sometimes they need help though, and the patient adult whose […]

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The Path of Totality: Experiencing Kentucky’s Darkest Day 2017

[Shadows at the start of the Eclipse] I must admit, while many people planned their trip to see the 2017 Total Eclipse for months if not years, I didn’t even know about it until a few months prior. Once I found out the path of totality was going straight through Kentucky my husband Brendan and I decided, let’s go! We […]

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“Excursion to the Sun via Kentucky”: Kentucky Solar Eclipses Then and Now

This weekend, an estimated 100,00 to 200,000 visitors will pour into Kentucky from around the globe, their pilgrimage motivated by a once in a lifetime opportunity: witnessing a total eclipse of the sun. While the entire United States will experience some form of partial eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon’s complete obscuration of the sun will occur along a […]

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Field Trip: The Filson Explores the Pennyroyal Plateau!

Ah, the field trip. Field trips bring back such memories from childhood. They were a way for me to visit places and learn things I otherwise might not have been able to. I distinctly remember visiting the Franklin Science Institute in Philadelphia, the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., and seeing the 1996 Olympic Torch as it passed Mount Vernon in […]

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Genealogical Research Allows Filson Artifacts to Come Alive!

The following post is written by Wendy Brimhall, summer intern at the Filson. +++ Have you ever visited an antique shop or a museum exhibit and while looking at the artifacts wanted to know more about the people who originally owned them? For example, when and where did they live? What did they do for a living? Were they involved […]

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Mayor’s Summer Works at The Filson

The following post is written by Filson summer employee William Schuhmann.  +++ My name is Will Schuhmann. I am 17 years old and will be a senior next year at Ballard High School. I have been an intern at the Filson Historical Society since July 12th through Mayor’s Summer Works: a seven-week program where Louisville youth are paid by the city […]

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